Book Discussion on Opening Day

Jonathan Eig talked about his book Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, published by Simon and… read more

Jonathan Eig talked about his book Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, published by Simon and Schuster. The author contended that Robinson was not the best player in the Negro leagues nor had a great deal of experience playing baseball. He was a football and basketball star at UCLA. However, Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey chose Robinson as much for his attitude as his ability. He described Robinson’s interaction with his teammates and opponents throughout his first season in major league baseball, which marked the integration of the game. He talked about the hostile environment that allowed for few mistakes by the first baseman. The season marked the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in the major leagues. After his presentation the author responded to audience members' questions. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Jonathan Eig Senior Special Writer Wall Street Journal
  • John Vernon Coordinator National Archives and Records Administration->Outreach Office

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Book Discussion on Opening Day

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198129-1
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Public Affairs Event
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Speech
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 19, 2007
Last Aired:
Oct 30, 2011

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  • May 19, 2007 | 10:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 21, 2007 | 4:01am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 30, 2011 | 6:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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